When news initially broke of the investigation into Jeffrey Epstein’s involvement with sex trafficking, culminating in the businessman taking his own life in his prison cell, one of the most famous names linked to him in the media was none other than Prince Andrew.
Following Epstein’s death, the Prince stepped down as a senior member of the British Royal family and has since kept a relatively low profile. However, Royal expert Menalie Bromley says that he may never truly recover in the public’s eye from that situation.
The friendship that Prince Andrew and Epstein shared was well-documented at the time of its existence. Although the Prince maintained that their relationship was stricly business related, some claims have come out that speak to the opposite of that.
One woman who spoke out against Epstein, Virginia Giuffre, claims that the Prince had sex with her at the advisement of Epstein when she was still underage, and that she has photographic evidence that the two encountered each other that day.
During an interview with the BBC, Prince Andrew dug himself further into a hole by initially standing by his friendship with Epstein, a statement he later redacted before going media-silent for quite some time.
‘Lifetime’ recently announced that they would be releasing a four part documentary series detailing the Epstein scandal, and claimed that when they reached out to the Prince for comments, his representation denied to give any.
Melanie Bromley, who is the E! News Chief News Correspondent, told Cheatsheet that the Prince’s scandal is “just too big” to ever really be repaired in the public’s eye.
“Never say never. Some people recover so things can go on. It’s just too big, though. His opportunity was his big interview with ABC last year,” she said.
Bromley went on to mention that the Prince would have most likely done better in his interview if he claimed to have been “naive” of the situation as opposed to trying to validate Epstein’s character.
“He could have really had a good answer for that. I don’t know if he can cover it,” the source continued to say, adding, “You know, there’s never going to be peace. I don’t think [he will be mentioned] without ever mentioning his association with Jeffrey Epstein. It’s a situation that will be mentioned in your obituary.”
The Prince nor his team have responded to these statements yet, and given his notorious reclusiveness after that fateful interview, a response may never be shared.